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Man City handed chance to pile pressure on Liverpool

Manchester City are handed a golden opportunity to pile pressure on Liverpool in Premier League title race… with Pep Guardiola’s side to play rearranged game at Wolves a WEEK before Reds play game-in-hand with Southampton

  • Manchester City’s rearranged trip to take on Wolves will take place on May 11 
  • It means Pep Guardiola’s side will go into the final matchday well rested
  • Meanwhile, Liverpool’s trip to Southampton will now be played out on May 17
  • The Reds could go into that game four points adrift of City, who will play first 

The Premier League have announced the order of Manchester City and Liverpool’s rearranged games, with Pep Guardiola’s side handed the advantage of playing first in the title race.

City and Liverpool have set the standard all season and are currently separated by a single point at the top of the table.

Both teams have five games remaining to try and secure the Premier League trophy and City received a boost on Wednesday when league officials announced that their trip to face Wolves will take place a week before Liverpool’s rearranged match with Southampton.

The two matches will be shown on Sky Sports as the title race heads towards the finale. 

Manchester City have been given a slender advantage in the race for the Premier League title

Liverpool have had the rearranged trip to Southampton slated for the final week of the season

Liverpool have had the rearranged trip to Southampton slated for the final week of the season

Should City produce a flawless run in the last five games – facing Leeds, Newcastle, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa – they will be champions and they will be bolstered with the chance to establish a four-point lead heading into the final week of the season.

Liverpool will have to hope that City fail to capitalise on their scheduling good fortune as the Reds’ rearranged trip to the south coast to face Southampton won’t take place until May 17, five days before the final day of the season.

That match at St Mary’s falls three days after Jurgen Klopp’s side will have faced Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley. 

MANCHESTER CITY’S GAMES REMAINING 

April 30 – Leeds (A) – Premier League

May 4 – Real Madrid (A) – Champions League SF second leg

May 8 – Newcastle (H) – Premier League

May 11 – Wolves (A) – Premier League

May 15 – West Ham (A) – Premier League

May 22 – Aston Villa (H) – Premier League

May 28 – Champions League final *

* Subject to progress 

 

 

 

 

LIVERPOOL’S GAMES REMAINING 

April 27 – Villarreal (H) – Champions League SF first leg

April 30 – Newcastle (A) – Premier League

May 3 – Villarreal (A) – Champions League SF second leg

May 7 – Tottenham (H) – Premier League

May 10 – Aston Villa (A) – Premier League

May 14 – Chelsea (Wembley) – FA Cup final

May 17 – Southampton (A) – Premier League

May 22 – Wolves (H) – Premier League

May 28 – Champions League final *

* Subject to progress

On the other hand, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton will have 10 days off to get ready to derail Liverpool’s Quadruple bid. Their previous match comes against Brentford on May 7. 

Both Liverpool and City remain on a collision course to meet in the UEFA Champions League final on May 28, with Guardiola’s side edging a thrilling 4-3 first-leg win against Real Madrid in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Liverpool knocked their rivals out of the FA Cup in the last-four and head into Tuesday night’s game with Villarreal nine games away from an unprecedented Quadruple. 

Domestically, City’s lack of a match in the last midweek round of action means they will go into the final round refreshed to take on an Aston Villa side that have started to falter under the management of former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. 

Liverpool, meanwhile, face an arduous trip to Southampton before returning home to prepare for a final-day visit from Bruno Lage’s Wolves.  

Pep Guardiola has tried to avoid complacency setting in by disputing fixture order importance

Pep Guardiola has tried to avoid complacency setting in by disputing fixture order importance

Guardiola, whose side smashed relegation-threatened Watford 5-1 in their last league outing, has looked to avoid any complacency by dismissing advantages of playing before Liverpool.

‘Nothing changes,’ Guardiola told Sky Sports after the win over Watford. 

‘When we won against Brighton we were two points behind [before the game], now we’re four in front.

‘Brighton was a ‘final’. We had another ‘final’ today and we won it. Now we have an opportunity to play a ‘final’ against Leeds. Nothing changes. We have to win all five games to be champions.’

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